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April 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
VINNY LECAVALIER and R.J. Umberger got one coach fired. It will be fascinating to see how far they can erode the new coach's equity. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers in 2013, before general manager Ron Hextall got the job. Hextall replaced popular, inconsistent Scott Hartnell with Umberger. Lecavalier and Umberger occupied a whopping 14 percent of the Flyers' cap room this season. They occupied about 1 percent of the opposition's attention. They were disasters that first-time head coach Craig Berube was unable to solve in his first full season.
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April 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THIRTY HOURS? A shade over a day. That was all the time required for a wavering Ron Hextall to determine the job status of a man without a shadow of a doubt. The Flyers general manager held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon and announced he was neither dismissing nor keeping head coach Craig Berube. He made up his mind Thursday night after a supposedly "methodical" process with "due diligence. " Berube, 49, was fired yesterday morning, capping off one of the most head-scratching weeks in a franchise history full of them.
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April 19, 2015
Snider pained The Flyers chairman said it was "difficult" to let go of Berube, who has "been such a good member of our organization. " Page D4
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said he felt pained when coach Craig Berube was fired Friday, six days after his offensive-challenged team completed a 33-31-18 season. "It's always difficult to let somebody go that has worked so hard and has particularly been such a good member of our organization," Snider said in a statement. Berube spent parts of 18 years with the organization as a player, coach, or assistant. He may be given another job in the organization.
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fourteen teams will be in the NHL draft lottery Saturday night, and one will emerge with the chance to select a center viewed as a franchise-changing player, Connor McDavid. McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound scoring machine who has 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games for Erie in the Ontario Hockey League, is called the next Crosby by scouts. He is expected to step into an NHL lineup and make an immediate impact. The Flyers, one of the 14 non-playoff teams in the lottery, have a 6.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
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April 19, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the days, separated by seven months, that they promoted Craig Berube to head coach and Ron Hextall to general manager, the Flyers framed each announcement in the manner in which they conduct so much of their daily business - with a reverence for their past that bordered on the pathological. Berube and Hextall had been teammates with the Flyers a generation earlier, and both had worked for the organization after their playing careers had ended. Ed Snider, the Flyers' team chairman, and Paul Holmgren, the team's president, flanked Berube at the first news conference and Hextall at the second, and the stories and anecdotes from the old days flowed like foamy Molson from a just-tapped keg. That was the nostalgic veneer and implicit message of each image: that Chief and Hexy were Flyers once and Flyers forever, and they would stay true to the organization's core principles and practices.
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their coaching carousel Friday. Craig Berube was fired after the Flyers failed to make the playoffs in his first full season with the team. The Flyers went 33-31-18, including a 10-20-11 mark on the road. Overall, they were just 8-18 in games that went beyond regulation, and 3-11 in shootouts. General manager Ron Hextall, Berube's teammate during five of his seasons with the Flyers, said the dismissal was not an easy decision. "Craig Berube is a good friend of mine," Hextall said.
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April 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WITH CRAIG BERUBE gone, who might man the Flyers' bench next? Since general manager Ron Hextall has clamored for a complete "culture change," it's a good bet the 19th coach of the Flyers has no previous ties to the organization. Here's a peek at a few qualified candidates: MIKE BABCOCK Age: 51 Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Playing career: Team captain at McGill University in Montreal NHL coaching record: 2 seasons in Anaheim, 10 seasons in Detroit; 527-285-19-119 (.627)
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April 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ron Hextall and Craig Berube were Flyers teammates for five seasons. For the most part, they have been organization lifers. Hextall, the club's first-year general manager, says that doesn't make it more difficult to make a decision on retaining or dismissing Berube, who has been the Flyers coach for nearly two seasons. Human nature says otherwise. Hextall said Wednesday he was still mulling whether to bring back Berube for the final year of his contract. The longer he waits, the longer he allows Berube to twist in the wind.
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